Manual Medicine     

         

                                      is a process similar to any other physical treatment. It should not be thought of as a "one and done" modality. Stress or imbalance within the body takes time, effort, and commitment to correct. Engrained faulty movement patterns created by repetitive movements, poor postures, physical or psychological trauma can produce compensations within the body. The result can be poor movement performance, chronic discomfort, pain and may eventually result in injury to the joints and/or muscle tissue. By integrating various methods of fascial manipulation, kinesiology taping, and specific exercises, manual medicine aims to balance, strengthen, alleviate pain and reduce the potential for injury.


The foundation and focus of my practice is Fascial Manipulation. The treatment which combines pressure, stretching, and short, deep stroking motions to resolve densified fascial tissue. The method can be performed dry and over clothes, but direct skin contact provides the best results. It is preferred that clients wear garments such as athletic shorts and for women a sports top. Methodologies such as FAKTR, Myo-Fascial Release, Cupping, Vibration, and Kinesiology Taping may also be incorpoated in treatment. The application of a specific or compliment of techniques may provide the stimulus for the release of restrictions which can be the source of dysfunction or pain. 


Research reveals that fascia plays a huge role in how we move and perceive pain. Research also shows how different systems in our body, i.e. the skeletal, muscular, lymphatic, circulatory, and nervous systems, work together in a very dynamic fashion. Fascia is the substance that literally and figuratively, ties everything together.


Fascia is spread out throughout our bodies in long intricate pathways. Connecting the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. Creating spaces for organs to function and a communicative network that allows our body to perform a wide variety of movements. Restrictions within the fascial network can cause injuries and pain in seemingly unrelated places. The area of pain may not be the source of the injury as stated by Ida Rolf, "Where you think it is, it ain't." A sprained ankle could cause a systemic fascial disruption which could manifest pain in the shoulder or neck weeks, month, or even years after the initial ankle injury. In some cases compensation patterns and pain may not be resolved until the underlying restrictions are discovered and resolved. Many people continue to struggle with a persistent injury that seems to never to go away.


Interestingly, studies have also started to show that these fascia pathways show striking resemblance to shiatsu/acupuncture meridians and yoga chakras. This may explain how treatment modalities like shiatsu, yoga and acupuncture can be very effective. The study of fascia is changing many of the long held beliefs of how the body moves, generates power, and perceives pain.